Elizabeth Davis Middle Principal Ed Maynes has been named Chesterfield County Public Schools’ recipient of the 2018 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership recognize central Virginia principals who go beyond day-to-day demands to create an exceptional educational environment for students and staff members.
“Mr. Maynes is an outstanding school leader who creates an engaging learning and work environment in which students and staff members feel safe and valued,” said Bermuda District School Board representative Carrie Coyner, whose district includes Davis Middle. “Visiting Davis Middle, it is clear that the needs of the students and teachers are the first priority.”
Maynes started working for Chesterfield County Public Schools in 2005 and served as a language arts teacher, a dean of students and an assistant principal prior to being promoted to principal of Davis Middle in 2015.
Maynes was described as being the “… epitome of school leadership: encouraging, promoting and developing others to lead. He’s all about growing others.” It was also noted that Maynes “encourages risks in a positive and supportive environment. We are more confident and daring in our desires to create rigorous, engaging and relevant learning environments.”
Ettrick Elementary Principal Dr. Randi Smith was Chesterfield County Public Schools’ other finalist for the 2018 R.E.B. Award. Chesterfield County Public Schools had 21 principals nominated for recognition, among highest total ever for Chesterfield County since the award was instituted.
Other principals nominated for consideration were:
“We commend all of our nominated principals for their exemplary dedication to doing what is best for the students of Chesterfield County Public Schools,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “Ed Maynes is an outstanding leader, as evidenced by testimonies given in the 21 letters of support that highlighted contributions he has made to the Davis Middle learning community.”
The Community Foundation of Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation oversee the R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. One principal from each local school system, Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond, is honored annually. Each winner receives $7,500 for their own use and $7,500 to use for a school project. Nominations come from members of the school community and the general public.